Founder / Executive Director
For more than 22 years, Shayne Gallagher has provided healing wilderness experiences for adolescents, young adults, and families. With his deep understanding of the innate therapeutic effects of a wilderness experience on the healing of young..
Founder / Director of Operations
Sheri was born in Utah, however, typical of military families, her family moved a lot. The longest she lived in one place was 2½ years, which was in Mississippi. Her favorite places are Queens Fort in Rhode Island, Yuma, AZ, Kailua, HI and Fallbrook CA..
Assistant Operations Director
With the exception of a two-year period in which Blaine spent performing service in Argentina, Blaine has worked continuously in the Wilderness Therapy industry since 1988. He began as a wilderness therapy field instructor and has more than 2,000 "trail days..
Michael Sanders was first introduced to wilderness therapy and the power of natural medicine when his sister was enrolled as a student in a wilderness therapy program in 1996. This experience was powerful. It was a changing event for his whole family..
Lekos Kefálas grew up in sunny St. George, Utah. Exploring the red rocks and camping in national parks is seemingly a natural way of life in southern Utah, so he was never a stranger to the impact the outdoors has on everyone that visits. Through his..
Kolton was born in Kanab, UT and understands the power that the wilderness has on a person by experiencing it through is adolescence to becoming a Transporter, then Field Instructor, and now Logistics Director for WinGate..
Heidi Stangeland was born and raised in Norway, and moved to the United States in 2011. Heidi began working at WinGate in 2018 as a transporter. In her time at WinGate, she has helped support families and students in many..
Erin Grover, LCSW, MSW
Erin Grover has spent the last 18 years helping individuals and families grow and make positive changes. During her 15 years in the wilderness-therapy industry she has served as a field instructor, field director, and assistant operations director. "There is no..
John Cohen, M.S., LCMHC
Expanse Clinical Director
John worked 18 years in the juvenile justice system providing assessment and counseling services to adolescents and their families. He has also worked in a psychiatric hospital setting and began working as a primary therapist in wilderness in 2007..
Scott Hess, MA, LMFT
Partner, Primary Therapist
Scott Hess began his career as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. That experience helped Scott discover and develop his profound gift for getting to the heart of core issues with even the most calloused..
Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH
My experience treating adults, adolescents, children and families in Hospital Acute mental health (MH) and addiction (AD), Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient MH and AD, Residential Addiction Treatment, Wilderness Therapy, and Individual..
Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC
Danielle has been lucky enough to work with adolescents and young adults in a wide range of settings for the last 6 years. Originally starting out in a residential setting, Danielle learned quickly how healing it is for clients to work in nature as well as with animals..
Lisa Renda, MA, LMFT, CSAT
In my 25 year career, I have worked in residential treatment settings, group homes for teens transitioning out of criminal detention, community mental health child and family programs and with teens and families in the foster care system..
Dale Christensen, MD
Dr. Dale Christensen has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years and is currently a staff physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He joined our team in 2012 when one of his partners and mentors, Dr. Keith..
Jake Roberts, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jake's formal education consists of an AS Degree from Dixie State University, a BSN Degree from Southern Utah University, and a MSN Degree, a APRN Psychiatric, and BC from the University of Utah. Jake is also a licensed APRN in the State of Utah. His work..
A Utah-native, Kyle has spent his whole life in the wilderness, exploring the desert. If he didn’t go exploring with his grandfather, Kyle would bring his dog on his adventures. Curiosity and learning have always been a passion for Kyle, especially when he could..
Christopher Black, BSN, RN
Outreach Director & Admissions
Chris had his first experience of wilderness in high school. He signed up for a week long survival course in the Escalante area of Utah. He loved it so much he did it the following year as well. His sister was sent to a wilderness program in Arizona where he was..
Admissions Director & Outreach
A two week backcountry canoe trip through the Boundary Waters in Minnesota is where Lauren found her true love for being in the wild. This started her on a journey that included leading many trips into the wilderness and eventually earning a..
Teague brings 9 years of wilderness therapy experience to the WinGate team. Teague was introduced to wilderness therapy as a student of WinGate in 2010. For WinGate, she has worked as a transporter, transport coordinator, field instructor, office..